Vol 19 No 6

30 March 2009


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Asylum seeker love

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 April 2009
    3 Comments

    The filmmakers interviewed numerous asylum seeker advocates. Most were women, advocating on behalf of young men. Their relationships were intense and complex.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    On Roos 'Chookgate' and footy's duty of care

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 April 2009
    9 Comments

    North Melbourne's demeaning chicken sex video is just the latest of the 'boys behaving badly' stories that regularly beset footy. In professional sports, young people no longer simply play for clubs. They are entrusted to them.

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  • RELIGION

    Greedy Easter story

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 April 2009
    4 Comments

    The Easter story suggests we should not expect a new economic order in which greed and short-term interests will yield to humane values. Easter doesn't make the mistrust go away. But it does confront cynicism and apathy.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Broadband deal better late than never

    • John Wicks
    • 08 April 2009
    6 Comments

    Australia has spent the past decade in a consumer frenzy, while social infrastructure vital to our wellbeing has been neglected. The Government's belated $40 billion National Broadband Network will have many long-term benefits.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Before L'Aquila's purgatory

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Prior to the devastation of Monday's earthquake, L'Aquila was a picturesque hillside city of 75,000 inhabitants nestled in the Gran Sasso mountains. It was not always a plagued, razed purgatory.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Easter poems

    • Jeff Klooger, Rory Harris and Janette Fernando
    • 07 April 2009
    4 Comments

    In Rembrandt's painting, the risen Christ .. wears a jaunty hat ... So roguish! .. So impious! Impish, even! .. He has come to greet his girlfriend .. Mary Magdalene

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indonesia veering towards extremism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 07 April 2009
    9 Comments

    This week's Indonesian presidential election ought to concern Australians more than it does. If Muslim radicals gain significant influence, we will have a huge hostile neighbour just to our north.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poor nations could lead recovery

    • Michael Mullins
    • 06 April 2009
    1 Comment

    The G20 Summit took first steps towards stimulating the economies of developing countries. The Economist says growth in these nations could rebound quickly, as households are not weighed down by crushing debts typical in America and Europe.

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  • RELIGION

    Hitchcock's Easter drama

    • Scott Stephens
    • 06 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Manny, terrified and bewildered, clutches a crucifix and prays, while lawyers spew jargon-laden bile at one another. It might seem strange to invoke a Hitchcock film at Easter, but we can see a similar horror at work in the trial of Jesus.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pakistan is not doomed

    • Kimberley Layton
    • 03 April 2009
    1 Comment

    In due course the Taliban problem will be confronted and hopefully resolved, but not before the internal political situation stabilises. Patience is a virtue in Pakistan. The situation is not improving quickly, but it does seem to be improving.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Seductive melancholy of a poet's last works

    • Carolyn Masel
    • 03 April 2009

    Vincent Buckley's work evolves from the explicitly religious to the exploration of experience. But when individual and common experience of love, suffering, or conflict is treated with such depth of seriousness, the result is much the same.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Affectionate portraits of 'the outsider'

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2009
    13 Comments

    Mary is a socially awkward adolescent, growing up in 1970s suburban Melbourne. Her penpal Max is a lonely New Yorker, a chronic overeater with Asperger's. Adam Elliot's films are not just about difference. They are about justice.

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  • RELIGION

    The popes versus the free market

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 April 2009
    7 Comments

    In his forthcoming response to the global financial crisis, Pope Benedict does not have to reinvent the wheel. Catholic social writings have long insisted that economics must be directed to serve the good of everyone, not just the rich.

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  • RELIGION

    Dissecting rebel priest's heresy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 01 April 2009
    44 Comments

    One of the strongest accusations you can make against Christians is that they deny the divinity of Christ. This accusation was made, far too hastily, against Fr Peter Kennedy, on the basis of his appeareance on the ABC's Q&A.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A farmer's life

    • Gabrielle Bridges
    • 01 April 2009
    3 Comments

    Twins were born in a country town. John lived in the male world of farms and pubs. Jane married an angry patriarch like her father, and unwittingly copied her mother with silence and sedatives. Later she would watch her brother die.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My well planned salvation

    • Ian C. Smith
    • 31 March 2009

    All along the cell-block .. The singing echoes like a threat .. voice flatter than Bob Dylan's .. loaded with false jocularity .. his sweat sour in the grey slot

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rehabilitating Stalin

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 31 March 2009
    4 Comments

    The Russian language has two words for whisperer: one who whispers behind others' backs, and one who whispers for fear of being heard. Government forces wish emphasise Stalin's achievements as the builder of the country's glorious Soviet past.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Conway's maverick way

    • Paul Collins
    • 30 March 2009
    10 Comments

    Ronald Conway (1927–2009) was of a rare breed in Australia. He stood against the prevailing climate of thought which ignores important questions of faith, spirituality and human experience, and focuses on the conventional and politically correct.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The politicisation of defence

    • Michael McKernan
    • 30 March 2009
    3 Comments

    With typical irreverence we have taken some glee in the conflict between politicians and the military. Indeed in our history there has been tension, not to say a distrust, between the military and politicians in Australia.

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